Modesty, literally means shame, bashfulness, and refraining from saying or doing anything improper or indecent, to describe one who, out of fear and awe of God, seeks to avoid displeasing Him. It urges one to be more careful, self-possessed, and self-controlled, for such restraint, if originating in feelings of modesty, result in paying God the respect He deserves. If these feelings are absent or lost due to familial or environmental influences, it will be difficult to develop them.

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Haya (Modesty)

Haya (Modesty) Sufis use haya, which literally means shame, bashfulness, and refraining from saying or doing anything improper or indecent, to describe one who, out of fear and awe of God, seeks to avoid displeasing Him. It urges one to be more careful, self-possessed, and self-controlled, for such restraint, if...

Abstinence

What Is Abstinence? Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol, drugs, or food. Because the regimen is intended to be a conscious act, freely chosen to enhance life, abstinence is sometimes distinguished from...

The Virtue of Modesty

The Virtue of Modesty One of the most basic and vexing problems in moral education is how to make virtue more attractive than vice. In this regard, modesty plays a key role. Goodness should not be invisible. It should not be colorless. On the other hand, it should not dazzle...

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Modesty

What Is Modesty? Modesty, sometimes known as demureness, is a mode of dress and deportment which intends to avoid the encouraging of sexual attraction in others. The word “modesty” comes from the Latin word modestus which means “keeping within measure”.[1] Standards of modesty are culturally and context dependent and vary widely. In this use, it may...

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Modesty: Stories on Modesty II

Modesty: Stories on Modesty II Muhammad and the Rebuilding of the Kaaba The modesty of the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, was the most prominent trait of his personality. Even from an early age, his sense of shame in an open society of...

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Modesty: Stories on Modesty I

Modesty: Stories on Modesty I Muhammad and Modesty before God The Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said: “Every religion has its characteristic, and the characteristic of Islam is modesty.” (al-Muwatta) Modesty, in the sense of shyly protecting oneself with propriety from the lustful or...

Modesty : An Overview

Modesty : An Overview Modesty and shyness play a special part between the affairs of the Creator and the created. All prophets and Messengers encouraged modesty, as the Prophet, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said: “Indeed from the teachings of the first prophets which has...

A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue

A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue “A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue” by Wendy Shalit, is a bombshell. Despite its modest title, this book is a bombshell. In a manner both courageous and  passionate, Wendy Shalit challenges the bored, desensitized masses of American women to use...

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